Trump tweets thanks to US service members

The White House said Trump visited the gravesite of Robert Kelly, who was laid to rest in Section 60.

Trump called on Americans to look into the eyes of people who had lost loved ones in the military and thank them for their sacrifice.

ARLINGTON, Va. - President Donald Trump expressed his nation's "boundless and undying" gratitude Monday to Americans who have fallen in battle and to the families they left behind, hailing as heroes the hundreds of thousands buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Trump participated in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, whose "name is known to God alone", Trump said.

Trump also remembered Army Sniper Christopher Horton and Special Forces Captain Andrew D. Byers, both recently killed in Afghanistan as their family members attended the ceremony.

Trump also paused to talk to a young boy dressed in a crisp Marine uniform. I think it's important for the country to remember these men and women because we have fewer and fewer as a percentage of our population serving in the military today. Vice President Mike Pence, who accompanied the president, hugged one of the women.

"While we can not know the extent of your pain, what we do know is that our gratitude to them and to you is boundless and undying-will always be there, Thank you", Trump said. Bob Dole, who sat in the audience at today's ceremony, thanking him for his service in World War II.

He honored Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired general, and his son Robert, killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

On Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery behind President Trump, a majority of the crowd was seen holding up their phones for the national anthem.

Without a word, he slowly laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Trump previewed the address Saturday before he flew home from Italy, the final stop on his first trip overseas since taking office. Douglas Julin, who retired in 2012 after leading the Red Bulls, said Memorial Day is the most solemn of national holidays, especially as US soldiers continue to serve in conflict zones.

  • Larry Hoffman